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Fetal development, bacteria structures earn University of Wyoming awards for research

Photo Caption:Grant Bowman, center, was honored with the Early Career Research Award. Presenting the award were Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences; Dorothy Yates, associate vice president for research; Laurie Nichols, UW president; Bret Hess, associate dean of research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and WAES director; and Peter Thorsness, head of the molecular biology department. Stephen Ford (not pictured) was the winner of the Outstanding Research Award. Photo courtesy UW Extension

The professor who established the Center for the Study of Fetal Programming in the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and an assistant professor attracting national attention for insights into the sub-cellular workings of bacteria have received research awards from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES).

“This year’s award winners epitomize the quality, depth and breadth of research being conducted by our college’s fantastic faculty and students,” notes Bret Hess, associate dean of research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and WAES director.

Stephen Ford, animal science professor and Rochelle Chair, reproductive biology, fetal programming, earned the Outstanding Research Award. Ford directs the internationally recognized Center for the Study of Fetal Programming at the University of Wyoming. “The dual mission of the research program is to delve deep into developmental biology and physiology for production of healthy, high-quality livestock and to benefit lifetime health and longevity of human babies, as well,” Hess said.

Ford was on the four-member team that received the USDA’s Abraham Lincoln Honor Award in 2016. The award is that agency’s highest.

Grant Bowman in the Department of Molecular Biology received the Early Career Research Award. His research, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, focuses on a protein scaffold that creates microdomains in the cytoplasm of bacteria. Says Hess, “Dr. Bowman’s cutting-edge research is a good example of how science will continue to advance our understanding of protein biology.” Bowman joined the faculty in 2012.

The award for top faculty story in Reflections, the college’s research magazine, went to Brian Mealor, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and director of the Sheridan Research and Extension Center for “Cheatgrass: Developing a Wyoming strategy for a big (little) problem.” Slade Franklin of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture was co-author.

The award for top student story in Reflections went to Jessica Windh of Reedley, California, an undergraduate student in rangeland ecology and watershed management. Her article is “Dead lambs aren’t the only loss: Counting the non-lethal cost of Wyoming livestock‒predator interactions.” Derek Scasta, assistant professor in ecosystem science and management, and Barton Stam, a UW Extension educator in Hot Springs County, were co-authors. WAES supporter Kurt “Cub” Feltner presented the inaugural Reflections student paper award in memory of his late wife, Lynn Feltner.

Reflections is a publication of WAES, which operates four research and extension centers around the state. WAES supports fundamental and applied research relevant to agricultural, natural resource, and community issues affecting Wyoming, the West and beyond.

For more information, contact Hess at 307-766-3667 or brethess@uwyo.edu.

–UW Extension

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